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The United States of America – the Real Reason Why They Are Never Winning Their Wars

November 14, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Commentary, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig This essay is inspired by Professor James Petras’ article, describing that the US never wins wars despite trillions of investments in her war budget and obvious military superiority    Professor Petras is of course right, the United States is currently engaged in seven bloody wars around the globe (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan,

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Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children

October 31, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, CommentaryComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The European Parliament has asked last October 25 for an immediate embargo on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, hence sanctioning the Kingdom of rogue Saudi Arabia which is joining the United States and Israel as the main purveyor of crime

How China’s Simultaneous Carrots and Sticks Work in Southeast Asia

October 1, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Asia - Pacific, ChinaComments (0)

By Huong Le Thu China’s applies simultaneously dual tactics of coercion and inducement to assert its position regionally and globally. Demonstrations in Vietnam and the Philippines only confirm that the harder China pushes, the more agitated responses from

Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

July 20, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The Helsinki Summit – or the Treason Summit, as some call it – of the 16th of July, has come and gone. It left a smell of burning hot air behind. President Trump, opened the meeting by saying that up to now relations between the United

IRAN : Why we really do need globalisation more than ever before

May 26, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Graham Vanbergen Globalisation has rapidly become the new buzzword driving isolationism and protectionism that has led to European citizens losing out to offshored jobs, reduced personal income, wealth and future prospects. And yet, the same ideology with

The Koreas Unified and at Peace? – How about Syria, Iran and Venezuela?

May 9, 2018 • World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Peter Koenig Peace – in the Koreas, is what the world expects; and Peace in the world is what humanity expects, the vast majority – 99.9% of the world population wants peace, but it’s the 0.1% that commands war and destruction, since war and

Betting Big on CPEC

April 3, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, ChinaComments (0)

By Xiangming Chen, S.K. Joseph and Hamna Tariq With the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one fundamental question to ask is if this ambitious project will transform Pakistan and boost China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Way to the New Cold War

January 8, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Despite continued nuclear threats, all US postwar presidents have failed to reset relations with Russia. Why?   The “New Cold War” between the US and Russia began a decade ago. The elevated tensions in the Korean Peninsula are only a

How To (and Not To) Navigate between US and China 

December 18, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock The first 18 months of the Duterte government suggest that the effort to recalibrate the Philippines’ ties between the US and China is necessary, viable and vital.        In the first half of the 2010s, Manila and Beijing were

Trump’s Asia Tour: From Old Conflicts to New Prospects

November 16, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, SPECIAL FEATURES, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                       Trump’s gruelling 12-day Asia tour was a quest for mega deals. US policies in Asia are shifting. The stress on competitive strategic visions is being redefined by historic bilateral